Comedian Bill Cosby sued indication Beverly Johnson on Monday, observant she defamed him by accusing him of drugging her, and creation her a eighth prosecution he has filed fit opposite this month.
Johnson is among some-more than 50 women who have come brazen in a past year with claims that Cosby had drugged, and in countless cases, intimately assaulted them in incidents dating behind decades.
Cosby’s fit charges that Johnson, a heading indication in a 1970s and ’80s and one of his many high-profile accusers, defamed him and intentionally inflicted romantic distress. He is perfectionist a jury trial, justice papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court showed.
Cosby deputy Monique Pressley pronounced in a matter that “Mr. Cosby states that he never unperceiving suspect and her story is a lie.” A deputy for Johnson was not immediately reached for comment.
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Cosby, 78, has regularly denied indiscretion and has never been criminally charged. Many of a purported incidents occurred decades ago and a government of stipulations for prosecuting them lapsed prolonged ago.
Last week, Cosby filed a lawsuit in Massachusetts, suing 7 of a accusers for defamation. The 7 women had filed fit opposite Cosby final Dec accusing him of assault, defame and slander.
Johnson, 63, wrote a minute essay in Vanity Fair in Nov 2014 about her confront with Cosby in a mid-1980s, observant she was invited by a comedian, best famous for his purpose in a 1980s sitcom “The Cosby Show,” to his home where he allegedly unperceiving her coffee.
She after gave interviews to news programs including ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Nightline” reiterating her claims.
Cosby’s lawsuit says he had never spent any time alone with Johnson during his home. The comedian asked for an claim requiring Johnson to redress her open statements and mislay a section on him from her memoir.
The call of allegations opposite Cosby have scuttled a comedian’s behaving projects and live shows in a past year.
Court papers unblocked in Jul showed that Cosby testified in a 2005 deposition that he had performed Quaaludes pills with a vigilant of giving a sedatives to immature women in sequence to have sex with them.
The acknowledgment during testimony in a polite box brought by a former Temple University employee, Andrea Constand, who purported that Cosby duped her into holding drugs before he intimately assaulted her. That box was staid for an undisclosed sum in 2006.
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